10.19.05: Penfield Taj Mahal
It's officially done!
Brian came by yesterday morning to give a final polish to the grouted
backsplash tile. In the right light, the glass mosaic tile is
Figuring that I should see the whole kitchen clean at least once, I
polished the counters, stove top, floors, etc. We put a large Buddha on
top of the refrigerator.
Technically, the statue is not a Buddha, but a Bodhisattva -- someone
who aspires to Buddha-hood.
In Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by
compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also
Becoming a Bodhisattva is a huge step in helping not only
yourself, but also every other sentient being, both seen and
A Bodhisattva is motivated by pure compassion and love. Their goal
is to achieve the highest level of being: that of a Buddha.
Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi
[enlightenment] and sattva [being]. And their reason for
becoming a Buddha is to help others. The Bodhisattva will undergo
any type of suffering to help another sentient being, whether a tiny
insect or a huge mammal. In Shakyamuni Buddha’s 'Perfection of
Wisdom in 8,000 Lines' it states: “I will become a savior to all
those beings, I will release them from all their sufferings.” If
this sounds familiar to anyone not acquainted with Buddhism, then
you only need to think of the example of Jesus Christ, a true
Whoa... are those expectations too high for us? Might as well start
out our new work space on a lofty note...